Experiencing a Masterpiece: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl


Every great artist has a masterpiece; a work that stands out amongst their accomplishments. In my opinion, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is Roald Dahl’s masterpiece.

I read this book as a child and was swept away into Charlie’s world.  I wanted my own kids to experience this book and love it as much as I did, so I read it out loud to them before bedtime.  It took us about a week to finish it, but it was worth it.

My kids became very invested in Charlie, his family’s struggles, and his hopeful quest for a Golden Ticket.  They waited in breathless anticipation on Charlie’s birthday for him to open his bar of chocolate — and cried out in horrified gasps of injustice when he didn’t find one. They continued to wait, but as Charlie’s situation grew worse, they began to forget about the ticket, so when he finally saw that flash of gold beneath the wrapper, it was unexpected. They celebrated with Charlie, bouncing up and down on their beds and screaming that he found it! He found it! The last Golden Ticket!

They held their breath as Charlie walked through the gates of the factory, gasped at the sight of the chocolate river, and laughed at the fates of the greedy, selfish children that got sucked up enormous tubes, pushed into nut holes by squirrels, or blown up like giant blueberries.  And when Mr. Wonka told Charlie that the factory was his, they celebrated with him again, hiding their faces behind little hands. They tried to contain their excitement as the glass elevator crashed through Charlie’s house and his family was scooped up to live at the factory and never go hungry again.

If your child hasn’t read Charlie and the Chocolate Factory yet, make sure they do. It’s a book that every child needs to experience.

Content: clean

About the Book:

Age Range: 8 – 12 years
Grade Level: 3 – 7
Paperback: 176 pages
Publisher: Puffin Books; Reprint edition (August 16, 2007)
Brimming with Quentin Blake’s vibrant full-color artwork, this wonderful anniversary edition is perfect for longtime Roald Dahl fans or readers discovering him for the very first time. With its oversized pages and beautiful design, it’s an ideal book for family sharing—and a go-to gift for birthdays and holidays.

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    Bryn Hottman
    March 19, 2015 at 11:51 am

    My favorite is Matilda 🙂 I can't wait to read Dahl's books to my son!! He's too young now. Thank you for the post.

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      March 19, 2015 at 5:16 pm

      I still haven't read Matilda! I've read almost every other book by Dahl, but not that one. Now I know what to read to them next 😉

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    Adriana Garcia
    April 4, 2015 at 3:02 am

    I've read Matilda and Fantastic Mr. Fox but I have yet to read Charlie and the Chocolate Factory! I found that Dahl has some dark undertones with his books but it looks like your kids enjoyed the book nonetheless.

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